NSLC - Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation
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The NSLC is responsible for beverage alcohol permits. The need for such documentation spans from beverage alcohol use at special events and functions to manufacturing and distribution of alcohol related products. To guide you through the process of obtaining a permit the NSLC has created specific permits for specific situations. Please review the options below. If you need additional assistance, please contact Carol Andrews by emailing
carol.andrews@myNSLC.com.

Special Occasion Licenses Events listed as Special Occasion in which alcohol will be available to the public are the responsibility of the Alcohol and Gaming Authority. Events such as weddings, parties open to the public and community events all require a Special Occasion License from the AGA. Inquiries should be referred to them at (902) 424-6160. They also have a website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/agd.

General Permits                                                                                                                Beverage alcohol, besides being purchased to be consumed socially, is also used for medicinal and health purposes, for flavoring or condiments in food preparation, and for specially designated religious ceremonies. All of these activities require an NSLC permit. See below for downloadable forms.

The types of permits issued are: 
Physician
Nursing Home
Food Industry & Food Manufacturers
Pharmacists
Mechanical & Scientific
Dentists
Hospitals
Sacramental Wine

Supplier Permits                                                                                                               Liquor Suppliers and Manufacturers operating in the Province of Nova Scotia must be registered with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. These include any special operations such as Private Retail Stores, Hospitality Rooms, Warehousing and the Manufacturing site itself. All of these activities require a permit. See below for downloadable forms.

The types of permits issued are: 
Brewery, Distillery, & Winery Manufacturing and/ or Retail Outlet
Brew Pubs
Farm Winery / Cottage Winery and/ or associated Retail Outlet
Warehousing of Beverage Alcohol
Hospitality Rooms for brewery, distillery or winery
Special Event liquor tastings

Applications may be obtained by contacting the Permit Office located at the NSLC Head Office complex at 93 Chain Lake Drive, Bayers Lake Industrial Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia or by calling Carol Andrews at (902) 450-5914 during business hours; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will also be provided with initial requirements and NSLC Regulations sections 26 through 37. There is a nominal fee for these permits.

Registered Representative Permits                                                                The NSLC has partnered with Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations (SNSMR) to administer our Registered Representative Permits. SNSMR uses its processes and technology at the Nova Scotia Business Registry to streamline the registration process. SNSMR administers all aspects of the renewal, including reminders, payments and permit preparation. The NSLC still retains control of permits under the Liquor Control Act and will continue to review and approve new applications and renewals.

All other permits, such as Temporary Off-Site Store and Tasting Permits, Farm Winery Permits, Agency Permits, etc. will still be handled by the NSLC.

To apply for a registered representative permit or to renew an existing permit, please visit the SNSMR web site at: www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/paal/ndxnslc.asp.

Information and Checklists 
 
Brew Pub Requirements
If you are interested in setting up a brew pub in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed. Please note that all products brewed at a brew pub can only be sold on-premise; they cannot be sold to licensees nor exported.  
 
Distillery Requirements
If you are interested in setting up a distillery in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.  
 
Farm Winery Requirements

If you are interested in setting up a farm winery in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.  
 
Liquor Representative Requirements
If you are interested in representing liquor products in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.  
 
Micro Brewery Requirements
If you are interested in setting up a micro brewery in Nova Scotia, please use the following checklist as a guideline of the requirements needed.  
 
Plebiscite Checklist
If you plan to open a farm winery or distillery in Nova Scotia and would like to sell your product at the facility location, you will need to ensure the facility is located in a wet area (liquor sales are legal) of Nova Scotia. If your location is in a dry area (liquor sales are illegal), you will need to conduct a plebiscite. The following are the procedures to follow for a plebiscite.  

International Private Immportations of Liquor                                                                     

International Private Importations Form

Contained in this document is guidlelines, fees, and information for individuals who wish to bring beverage alcohol into the province which exceeds the legal allowance.  

Inter-Provincial Travel - Personal Import Information 
Contained in this document is information for residents of Nova Scotia who are returning to the province from elsewhere in Canada and brining beverage alcohol back to Nova Scotia.

 
Application Forms 
 
Agency Form
This application form is used by companies, partnerships and individuals registered and located in Nova Scotia and authorized by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation to operate in the Province. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $100.00 annually.  
 
Dentist Form
This application form is used by dentists in Nova Scotia to obtain alcohol for medical purposes. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
Druggist Form
This application form is used by pharmacists in Nova Scotia to obtain alcohol for the preparation of prescriptions. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
Food Industry Form
This application form is used by food manufacturers in Nova Scotia to obtain alcohol for use in food processing. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $50.00 annually.  
 
Hospital Form
This application form is used by hospitals in Nova Scotia to obtain alcohol for medicinal and laboratory purposes. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
Manufacturers Form
This application form is used by commercial breweries, commercial wineries, commercial distilleries, micro breweries, brew pubs, farm wineries and cottage wineries in Nova Scotia to manufacture alcohol products. This form is also used by these manufacturers to apply for or renew the following permits; warehouse, retail store and hospitality room. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost is as follows: Commercial Brewery ($2,000, $1,000 first year); Commercial Winery ($2,000, $1,000 first year); Commercial Distillery ($2,000, $1,000 first year); Micro-Brewery ($1000); Brew Pub ($500); Farm Winery ($500); Cottage Winery ($500); Warehouse ($750); Hospitality Room ($100); Manufacturer’s Retail Store ($200, No Charge for Cottage Winery).  
 
Manufacturer’s Temporary Off-Site Tasting and/or Retail Store Form
This form is used by manufacturers to apply for a temporary off-site permit for a tasting event or retail store. These permits are valid for the specified date and time of the event. The cost of this permit is $15.00 for tasting only and $50.00 for either a retail store or a retail store with a tasting. Manufacturers have the option to pay an annual $200.00 fee for any temporary off-site events they apply for throughout the fiscal year.  
 
Mechanical/Scientific Form
This form is used by companies in Nova Scotia to obtain alcohol for mechanical or scientific reasons, such as research. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
Naturopath Form
This form is used by naturopathic doctors who require alcohol for the purpose of compounding medicines or solvent or preservative. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
Nursing Home Form
This form is used by nursing homes in Nova Scotia to obtain alcohol for medicinal purposes. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
 
Physician Form
This form is used by physicians in Nova Scotia to obtain alcohol for medical purposes. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
Sacramental Wine Form
This form is used by a religious body in Nova Scotia to keep for sale and sell from the premises, wine for sacramental purposes. These permits expire annually on March 31. The cost of this permit is $15.00 annually.  
 
Wine Society Form
This form is used by wine societies in Nova Scotia to purchase, possess, control and consume alcohol and exchange product information. These permits are valid for the specified date and time of the event. The cost of this permit is $15.00 per event.  
 
Wine and/or Wine and Food Seminar Form
This form is used by grocery retailers in Nova Scotia to conduct on-premise tastings. These permits are valid for the specified date and time of the event. The cost of this permit is $15.00 per event.